Joyce A. Tan & Partners was founded in 1998 with a strong international outlook and has been active in cross-border transactions since inception, covering the range of legal services typically required by businesses from the establishment to the operation and conduct of business in Singapore. Our track record speaks for itself.

We are a business-centric commercial law practice that provides the full range of corporate commercial legal services with particular strengths in intellectual property, technology, telecommunications, media and privacy. We serve a broad range of industries on the international stage and have pioneered many forms of legal transactions on the cutting edge of significant trends and developments in business in Singapore.

Our industry-focused approach enables us to combine in-depth industry experience with sophisticated legal skills to provide our clients with a unique and informed perspective. The practice has earned a solid reputation for thorough and insightful legal representation.

Our mission is to offer business-driven premium legal services to our clients with a personal touch. We strive to deliver real excellence. We believe in providing advice that achieves business goals. We are committed to mutual trust and personal responsibility, in all our professional relationships. We believe in the spirit of collaboration with our clients so that we work closely with them as a team to further their interests.

Our service philosophy is to bring clarity and leadership to the matters we undertake, making each client experience as seamless and uncomplicated as possible. We do this by the pre-emptive, holistic, thoughtful and commercial approach to the work we do and the strategies we adopt, applying ourselves laterally and vertically to ensure alignment with our clients.

We are lawyers who lead – in the business needs of our clients and in our field, as symbolized by the juxtaposition of three straight lines at differing heights in our logo. This logo also depicts the energy with which we serve our clients, and the greater heights of achievement to which we continue to aspire. The visual simplicity of our logo speaks to the efficiency and precise standards that we adopt in doing our work. Our corporate colours, brown and orange, point to the value we place on being steadfast, dependable, friendly, vibrant, warm and accessible.



We have been consistently voted among the top in Singapore and are named and recognized as leading lawyers by many forums including:

World IP Review - outstanding IP Practitioner in the elite WIPR Leaders Guide 2021
Newton Media Ltd

The Patent Lawyer Magazine – Top 10 Patent Firms, 2020/2021
CTC Legal Media

Women in Business Law Expert Guide - Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2020
Euromoney Legal Media

Doyle’s Guide – Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer – Singapore, 2020
Doyle's Guide

World Trade Mark Review 1000 – Leading Trademark Attorneys – Transactions & Prosecution and Strategy, 2021 and 2020

Asia Business Law Journal - The A List: Singapore's Top 100 Lawyers, 2018
Vantage Asia

Chambers Asia – Asia's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
Chambers & Partners

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 – The Guide to Asia's Commercial Law Firms, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2009/2010, 2008/2009, 2007/2008, 2006/2007, 2006/2005, 2004/2005, 2003/2004 and 2001/2002 Editions

Best Lawyers - Lawyers of the Year in Singapore for Telecommunications Law, 2021 and 2019
Best Lawyers

International Law Office Client Choice Awards - Excellence in Client Services, 2019

Acritas Stars Survey - independently nominated in global research of senior in-house counsel/clients as "one of the most outstanding lawyers they have worked with", 2019

Advisory Excellence - Leading Expert for Commercial Law Advice in Singapore, 2019
Advisory Excellence

AsiaLaw Profiles, A Guide to the World's Law Firms and Legal Markets, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007
Asia Law and Practice, a Euromoney company

AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, Intellectual Property Section, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001 and 2000
Asia Law and Practice, a Euromoney company.

AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, IT, Media & Telecommunications Section, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006
Asia Law and Practice, a Euromoney company.

AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, IT & Telecommunications Section, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002
Asia Law and Practice, a Euromoney company.

World Trade Mark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2017, 2016 and 2015
Globe Business Publishing Ltd

World Trade Mark Review 1000 –The World’s Leading IP Professionals, 2016
Globe Business Publishing Ltd

Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2017, 2016 and 2015
Law Business Research Ltd

Who's Who Legal: Data, 2020, 2019 and 2018
Law Business Research Ltd

Who's Who Legal: Patents, 2016
Law Business Research Ltd

ALB IP Rankings, Asia’s Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property – Singapore, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016
Asian Legal Business

ALB Firms To Watch, 2016
Asian Legal Business

IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professional – Singapore - Litigation and Transactions, 2016
Intellectual Asset Management

Asia IP Experts – Experts in Singapore: Litigation, 2018 and 2015
Apex Asia

Asia IP Experts – Experts in Singapore: IT & Telecoms, Copyright and Trademark, 2018 and 2015
Apex Asia

Asia IP Experts – Experts in Singapore: Enforcement, Trademarks, Patents, Licensing and Franchising, 2015
Apex Asia

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Corporate Lawyer – Singapore, 2019
Finance Monthly

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Information Technology Lawyer – Singapore, 2016
Finance Monthly

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2002
Law Business Research Ltd based on assessment of the foremost legal practitioners in 27 distinct areas of the international legal marketplace.

World Intellectual Property Review – WIPR Leaders in Patent & Trademark, 2016
Newton Media Ltd

Corporate Intl Global Award - Boutique Multi Disciplinary Law Firm in Singapore, 2019, 2018 and 2016
Corporate International

Corporate Intl Global Award - Patent Law Firm of the Year in Singapore, 2019, 2018 and 2016
Corporate International

M&A Today Global Award – Law Firm – IT – Singapore, 2018 and 2016
M&A Today

Acquisition Intellectual Property Awards – Best IP Disputes Firm Singapore, 2016
Acquisition International

IP Stars – Patent Prosecution, 2016
By Managing Intellectual Property

Expert Guides – Trade Mark, 2016
Euromoney Legal Media Group

Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards – Cyber Security Law Firm of the Year – Singapore, 2019
Corporate LiveWire

Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards – TMT Law Firm of the Year – Singapore, 2016
Corporate LiveWire

Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards – Excellence in Patent Law – Singapore, 2016
Corporate LiveWire

Asia IP Profiles, Your Guide to Asia’s Leading IP Firms, 2014
Apex Asia Media Limited

Women in Business Law 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014
Euromoney Legal Media Group

APAC Insider’s Legal Awards Nomination, 2015
AI Global Media Ltd

The International Who's Who of Telecoms & Media Lawyers 2014
Law Business Research Ltd based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and internet & e-commerce lawyers in private practice worldwide and in which only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

The International Who's Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2013
Law Business Research Ltd based on independent research and analysis of the opinions of law firm clients and regulatory communications lawyers from around the world.

The International Who's Who Regulatory Communications Lawyers 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2003
Law Business Research Ltd based on independent research and analysis of the opinions of law firm clients and regulatory communications lawyers from around the world.

PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005
Practical Law Company on leading lawyers and law firms in each country by practice area based on independent research conducted throughout the year and confidential feedback from clients and in-house counsel and interviews conducted face to face, by telephone and in writing with private practice lawyers active in those markets.

Global Law Experts – Commercial Law Firm of the Year 2011
Global Law Experts

Global Law Experts – M&A Law Firm of the Year 2011
Global Law Experts

PLC Cross-border Handbooks – Communications and IT, 2006/2007
Practical Law Company and wherein the Which Lawyer? Section identifies the leading private practice lawyers and law firms in this area across 39 jurisdictions.

Asialaw IP Awards Nomination for top 10 IP firms in Singapore, 2006 and 2005

The International Who's Who Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009
Law Business Research Ltd based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and internet & e-commerce lawyers in private practice worldwide and in which only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

2010 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law
Euromoney Legal Media Group

Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2002
Euromoney Legal Media Group

IP Profiles, A Guide to the World's Intellectual Property Advisers, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003

The Definitive Resource for Intellectual Property Owners in Asia, 2002, The Definitive Guide to Asia's Leading IP Firms, 2001, 2000 and 1999

The Definitive Guide to Asia's Leading IP Firms, 2001, 2000 and 1999


Our clientele includes local and international conglomerates, government-linked companies and agencies, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as start-ups with proprietary innovations and technology that have gone on to become successful market players. Many businesses that are industry leaders themselves turn to us for assistance in a rapidly changing business environment.

We are actively engaged with clients across a wide spectrum of industries, where we are able to combine our in-depth industry experience with sophisticated legal skills to deliver an informed perspective to our clients. These include:

• Technology
• Communications
• Financial Services
• Healthcare, Biotech & Life Sciences
• Medical and Pharmaceutical
• Fashion and Luxury Goods and Services
• Energy, Oil & Gas
• Entertainment, Publishing & Media
• Real Estate
• Transportation, Shipping and Logistics
• Tourism
• Motoring
• Sports
• Hospitality
• Education
• Food & Beverage
• Retail and Consumer Goods
• Beauty
• Gaming & Toys
• Petrochemical
• Engineering, Design & Construction
• Electrical
• Security
• Human Resources


We handle all forms and manner of business and commercial transactions and investment projects, as well as the resolution and litigation of commercial and other disputes. We are particularly strong where these involve intellectual property or technology considerations or straddle more than one jurisdiction and require attention to the interplay of the laws of multiple countries.

  Our Clients
Corporate & Commercial

Our corporate and commercial practice is characterized by a wide spread of cross-border and single country transactions and projects that form the building blocks for some of the more cutting-edge and pioneering transactions we undertake.

Our forte lies in private equity investment and M&A projects driven by technology or intellectual property considerations, which we approach holistically, integrating the equity or finance components with the technology or intellectual property components.

Commercial transactions such as agency, distributorship, licence and franchise agreements as well as manufacturing and supply and various business collaboration deals typically benefit from our strong intellectual property knowledge base.

We routinely handle transactions involving the sale and purchase of assets or companies, joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnerships and various forms of business collaboration. In conjunction, we also advise on the competition law issues in Singapore including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and merger control. We have experience in advising on investigations, enforcement and "dawn raids".

We have advised on and undertaken numerous commercial, residential and industrial park leases for all sizes and types of premises, including registrable and non-registrable lease interests. Our work has spanned the negotiation of standard form leases to the development of bespoke documents, including investment-related considerations in the grant of long-term commercial and industrial park leases. We also typically advise on the tactical management of landlord-tenant relationships.

Needless to say, we undertake the registration of companies, branches, businesses and representative offices and provide corporate secretarial services.

At a Glance:

  • Registration of Companies, Branches, Businesses and Representative Offices
  • Corporate Secretarial Services
  • Company Law and Regulatory Compliance
  • Corporate Due Diligence
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments
  • Business and Corporate Restructuring
  • Sale & Purchase of Companies, Businesses and Assets
  • Joint Ventures, Shareholder Agreements and Partnerships
  • Strategic Alliances and Business Collaboration Transactions
  • Competition
  • Licensing, Franchising, Agencies and Distributorships
  • Manufacturing and Supply
  • Management Services
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • International Trade
Business Financing

We frequently handle fund-raising, financing and loan transactions, acting for lenders and borrowers alike, in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of such transactions for all kinds of projects, ventures and businesses. These typically involve the securitization of assets including intellectual property, in cross-border settings where lenders and securitized assets are in different jurisdictions.

Other ancillary transactions supporting loan transactions that we cover include assignment of receivables, debt factoring, corporate and personal guarantees, registration of charges or mortgages with regulatory bodies, and notifications for the perfection of security.

We also advise on and issue clearance legal opinions on the validity and enforceability of loan and related transactions under Singapore law, including such clearance opinions required for the disbursement of loan proceeds.

At a Glance:

  • Consortium/Syndicated Loan Transactions
  • Asset-Based Lending/Borrowing
  • Securitisation of Assets (including Intellectual Property)
  • Debt Factoring
  • Corporate and Personal Guarantees
  • Share Charge
  • Shareholder and Related Party Loans
  • Clearance Opinions for Loan Disbursement
  • Registration of Charges/Mortgages
  • Notifications for Perfection of Security
  • Government Grants and Financing
Intellectual Property

Our strength in IP work covering trade marks, domain names, patents, copyright, designs and trade secrets, is renowned. The range we cover in this field is deep and wide, from the voluminous registration and prosecution work, to the protection, enforcement, exploitation, licensing, assignment and strategic deployment of IP as a business tool.

We assist clients with the acquisition and disposal of IP assets under different types of structures according to the applicable commercial requirements, including transactions that involve the raising of capital on the security of IP rights. We advise on the appropriate licensing and commercial structures to achieve the required commercial objectives in the deployment of IP.

Clients regularly outsource the management of their IP portfolios to us. We are consistently asked to analyse the dynamics in our clients’ businesses and devise plans for maximization and monetization of their IP assets.

We routinely undertake audit, due diligence and health-check services to verify the integrity of IP assets, whether in connection with a proposed public listing of securities, an acquisition of such assets, a corporate-restructuring, a scheme for the global licensing of such assets or simple house-keeping to maintain and ensure good order of these assets.

We advise on and undertake the enforcement IP rights, including the commencement and defence of legal proceedings on IP-related matters and claims, before intellectual property offices as well as the courts.

At a Glance:

  • Trade Marks
  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Confidential Information & Trade Secrets
  • IP Litigation
  • Enforcement of IP rights
  • Licensing and Exploitation of IP Assets
  • Franchising
  • Financing on Security of IP Assets
  • Disposal and Transfers of IP Assets
  • Audits, Due Diligence and Health Checks on IP Portfolios
  • Valuation & Monetization of IP Rights
  • Domain Name Disputes and Cybersquatting
  • Geographical Indications
  • R&D and Collaboration Agreements
  • Commercial IP Contracts
Information Technology

Our highly-ranked IT practice is built on a long-standing engagement with IT industry trends and developments - before, throughout and post the first burgeoning of the Internet and the challenges and opportunities to business that it has posed, to its evolving nature brought about by the effects of Cloud Computing, Big Data and the Internet-of-Things.

Our signature has been our serial involvement with projects that have been the first of its kind in its day such as substantial IT outsourcing by regulated enterprises, digital distribution of sound and multimedia data, electronic tracking of digital data consumption, electronic management of documents and inventory control, supply-and-demand online exchanges, virtual private networks with points-of-presence across jurisdictions and electronic payment systems in the wake of fintech innovations, just to name a few.

This practice area necessarily involves us in advising on the regulatory aspects, such as in relation to Internet content and service providers, computer misuse, data protection, electronic records, electronic wallets and deposits and transacting through electronic means.

At a Glance:

  • Internet Transactions and Electronic Commerce
  • Establishment of Internet Portals and Exchanges
  • IT Systems and Facilities Procurement and Implementation
  • IT Systems and Facilities Management and Outsourcing
  • Regulatory Compliance by IT Processes and Systems
  • IT Policies and Practices in Business
  • Electronic Document Management
  • Electronic Payment Systems, Electronic Money and Electronic Wallets
  • Fintech Innovations
  • Virtual Currencies and Cryptocurrencies
  • Online Gaming
  • Establishment and Operation of Data Centre Businesses
  • Digital Distribution of Sound and Multimedia Data
  • Electronic Data Storage and Interchange
  • Software Licensing, Development and Exploitation
  • IT Technical Services Businesses
  • ASP and Cloud Computing Projects
  • Virtual Private Network Services
  • Value-Added Network Services
Data Protection & Privacy

We advise clients on data protection laws and regulations and assist them with developing policies and processes to comply with such laws and regulations globally, including in relation to the personal data of employees, customers and third parties.

We assist with the development and drafting of privacy policies and contractual terms on the collection, use, handling, storage, disclosure and access of personal data, for compliance with applicable law. These include internal guidelines for Data Protection Officers and in various contexts such as in employment, customer relationships, regular business activities and special events, and in cross-border scenarios involving off-shoring and outsourcing of data processing.

We undertake audits and compliance reviews of existing practices to identify gaps and develop and implement plans and processes for large and small businesses to ensure compliance with their data protection obligations.

We conduct training for businesses to understand their data protection responsibilities, including the practical handling of requests for access and correction and withdrawals of consent from data subjects.

We also assist clients with rectification measures and crisis management in the event of a data breach, such as may arise from employee error, hacking or criminal activity. We are able to assist with procuring computer forensic analysis and containment of the data breach, assessment of the scope of the data breach, data breach reporting requirements, liaising with data protection regulators and law enforcement, and management of communications with customers, employees and media in light of
the data breach.

Our clients who engage in data analytics, data mining, geotagging and social media know that our domain knowledge and expertise allow for a rapid understanding of their needs and requirements in order for us to provide focused solutions.

At a Glance:

  • Privacy Audits and Data Protection Compliance Reviews
  • Privacy Policies, Data Protection and Compliance Guidelines
  • Employee Data Protection Issues
  • Management of Data Protection Breaches
  • Handling Complaints and Enforcement by Data Protection Regulators

We specialise in providing legal solutions and support to clients who need to ensure cybersecurity compliance and establish incident response frameworks. Whether it is legal compliance framework and policies, delivering a legal response strategy or executing sound pro-active legal responses to incidences, we provide insight, guidance and execution.

Our track record includes supporting clients ranging from clients who are owners of nationally designated critical information infrastructure, to foreign and local MNCs or listed companies, to companies looking to provide a sound foundation to address legal issues from cybersecurity risks. Our experience is wide and deep, our solutions forged by road-tested experience, and informed by cutting edge changes both in the legal and technological arenas.

Our clients who engage in data analytics, data mining, geotagging and social media know that our domain knowledge and expertise allow for a rapid understanding of their needs and requirements in order for us to provide focused solutions.

At a Glance:

  • Cybersecurity legal compliance policy framework documentation, advisory and solutions, from C-suite to operational level
  • Incident readiness and preparation – legal response management plans and solutions
  • Incident management / breach response - legal advisory and support from detection of event till post mortem
  • Handling liability claims and supporting responses to regulatory investigations

Our experience in telecommunications matters tracks the evolution of the phased liberalization of the telecommunications industry in Singapore, having involved our professional staff with regulatory, commercial as well as competition issues in this area.

We have handled transactions relating to the financing of telecommunication networks, the establishment and operation of telecommunication networks, the interconnection of telecommunication networks and the arms-length sharing of telecommunication infrastructure and facilities as well as the grant of rights for the broadcast of programme material and the establishment of satellite radio broadcasting stations.

We have represented both facilities-based and services-based operations across the different tiers in the vertical line supply chain in the industry and have been internationally acknowledged for our telecommunications-related work.

We are regularly posed with and undertake the analysis of proposed transnational network architectures for the establishment of corporate communications systems and virtual private telecommunications systems with points-of-presence in Singapore, for our advice on the regulatory touch-points and requirements of such networks.

We have also advised on disputes arising under the above transactions and assisted in formulating proposed resolutions for the same.

At a Glance:

  • Interconnection
  • Inter-operator Issues e.g. Competition, Call Conveyance, Access
  • Telecommunication Network Rollout
  • Telecommunication System Implementation
  • Customer Billing Systems
  • Regulatory and Licensing
Media, Advertising & Entertainment

We handle transactions in relation to online, print, electronic and digital media,  placement and trading of media space;  advertising projects, including projects involving innovative business models and often advising on potentially adverse rights and regulatory and industry self-regulatory restrictions.

We undertake transactions on the publishing of licensed materials in print and online (including those undertaken pursuant to co-publication transactions) and other publication projects as well as advise on their implications on copyright.

We advise on media and marketing campaigns, use of original and licensed content, and social media platforms and apps. Besides intellectual property issues arising in this area, we also assist with issues relating to defamation, particularly in the media, and the tactical handling of these.

We are also involved in co-production projects, programme and film distribution rights, personality or character merchandising transactions in relation to animation products, schemes for the funding of entertainment projects, commissioning of stage and film productions and event-staging projects including a soccer match with an English Premiere League team. We assist with the rights clearances aspect of transactions in this area, including negotiation with copyright licensing bodies on behalf of our clients.

At a Glance:

  • Advertisement and Media Regulation
  • Media Placement
  • Cinematograph and Television Film Production and Financing
  • Programme and Film Distribution
  • Entertainment Project Investments
  • Character Merchandising and Licensing
  • Stage Production Commissioning
  • Music Contracts and Distribution
  • Music Recording Projects
  • Rights Clearances
  • Talent Representation
  • Event Staging
  • Content Publishing and Licensing
  • Social Media
  • Novelisation of Screenplays
Employment & Corporate Immigration

We navigate our clients through their employment-related matters from complying with their regulatory obligations as employers to formulating employee policies in line with industry practices and norms, and developing employment documents to reflect these, including letters of appointment, employment contracts and employee manuals or handbooks. We also undertake work in relation to employee stock option plans and compensation structuring in relation to multi-jurisdiction employment.

In more delicate situations, we can assist with handling the termination of high level personnel, redundancy, employee misconduct, workplace harassment, transfer of employees in connection with the disposal, acquisition or reorganization of businesses, including those arising out of outsourcing transactions.

We assist many of our corporate clients seeking to employ non-Singaporean individuals obtain the requisite immigration passes and visas for such individuals to live and work in Singapore based on the various schemes in place and in line with prevailing governmental policies on such work immigration.

Our corporate immigration work includes assisting entrepreneurial ventures from overseas to establish the appropriate business vehicles in Singapore, relocate holdings of business assets such as intellectual property to Singapore, re-frame the affected business transactions and obtain the requisite immigration work visas or permanent residence status in Singapore for the foreign individual/s driving such ventures.

At a Glance:

  • Hiring and Employment Contracts
  • Dual Employment Contracts
  • Cross-Border Employment
  • Employment Manual and Policies
  • Contractor vs Employee Status Structuring
  • Employee Stock Option Plans
  • Transfer of Employees
  • Termination, Redundancy and Severance
  • Employee Misconduct
  • Workplace Harrassment
  • Corporate Immigration
  • Entrepreneurial Work Status
  • Employment and Work Passes
  • Employment Regulatory Compliance
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation

We provide litigation and dispute resolution and management services in relation to the entire spectrum of contractual, quasi-contractual, tortious and restitutionary claims. Examples of the subject matter in our litigation and dispute work include intellectual property, confidential information, franchises, agency/principal, company law, shareholder disputes, minority oppression, misfeasance, corporate receivership, banking and financing transactions, employment, hire-purchase, misrepresentation, unlawful interference with goods and trade, negligence, partnership, sale of goods and supply of services, landlord and tenant, trespass, nuisance, easements, family, matrimonial and debt recovery.

We are experienced in handling appellate litigation both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore.

Our dispute work has often involved multiple jurisdictions, which require us to strategise dispute resolution mechanics involving multiple parties within and outside Singapore. We assist clients to pursue claims and remedies in jurisdictions outside Singapore as we do in Singapore, whether arising out of cross-border business transactions or cross-border marriages and familial relationships.

Our dispute management services extend to assisting clients to anticipate potential litigation dangers and engage in preventive measures and constructive negotiation at the early stages of a dispute, taking into account business goals, relationships and interests as well as reputational and privacy considerations.

Our lawyers have broad-ranging experience in international arbitration work, including concurrent arbitration proceedings over related disputes between parties from multiple jurisdictions, and a wide range of subject matter in the disputes involved, a sampling of which include investments in property developments in India, standby offtake contract in the mining industry, high-end fashion, coal mining, M&A transaction in the building material business, offshore oil field, and even employment in the entertainment industry.

Our approach to disputes is to remain receptive to exploring and assisting clients in arriving at a negotiated settlement, including through mediation, where this is in the best interest of the clients.

Besides representing disputants in the pursuit, management and resolution of their disputes, our lawyers are also accredited mediators, both locally and internationally, who have helped parties to amicably resolve and settle their disputes involving matters as diverse as, for example, the supply of transportation services, trade marks, franchises and the conduct of an education business.

At a Glance:

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Cross-Border / Multi-Jurisdiction Disputes
  • Pre-action Disputes Management
  • Disputes Settlement Negotiation and Resolution
Private Client & Wealth Management

We undertake the drafting of complex wills to reflect estate planning and inheritance intentions, for testators resident within and outside Singapore.

We frequently act for estates with extensive assets located in Singapore left by deceased persons who were resident and domiciled outside Singapore at the time of death with the consequent cross-border considerations. Such matters sometimes require us to contend with beneficiaries, including illegitimate issues of the deceased, resident in multiple jurisdictions. We have also handled estate matters with potentially conflicting rights of claim to the estate assets in Singapore under the respective laws of the countries in which the deceased died resident or domiciled.

We have successfully helped individuals with large wealth portfolios requiring assistance on immigration issues, including in seeking residential status in Singapore tied to entrepreneurial ventures, or citizenship applications.

At a Glance:

  • Wills, Succession and Inheritance
  • Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Cross-Border Estate Administration
  • Foreign-Domiciled Deceased
  • Domicile and Residence
  • Personal Immigration

Corporate & Commercial

Business Financing

Intellectual Property

Information Technology

Data Protection & Privacy



Media, Advertising & Entertainment

Employment & Corporate Immigration

Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation

Private Client & Wealth Management

Together As A Professional Team, We Strive to Deliver the Highest Quality.

We are a dynamic and focussed team of lawyers who truly understand how to deliver legal services in the 21st century. Having previously built and led expert teams in large and well-known firms, the leaders in our team bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise honed at the forefront of the international and local stage.

We understand how business is done and work closely with our clients to ensure that their legal needs are met. We are commercially-savvy, business-friendly and above all we understand our client's industry and the importance of innovation and intellectual property. As legal advisors, we work hand in glove with the business to make our clients achieve their vision. Our client's success is our goal.

Our strengths in risk-management and problem-solving have also enabled us to serve our clients well in the creative structuring and efficient administration of their corporate deals and commercial vehicles to meet their needs.

We deliver results, aim to exceed expectations and understand what the business really wants.

Joyce A.Tan PBM
Daniel Lim
Jeffrey Lim
Melvyn Loey
Lakshmanan Anbarazan
Stephanie Goh
Genevi Lim
Andre Duncan Chissel
Sandra Ng
Joyce A.Tan PBM

Managing Director

Joyce A. Tan has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer over the long years of her practice by numerous legal publications including Legal 500, Chambers, Practical Law Company, AsiaLaw, Who’s Who Legal, World Trademark Review, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, Global Communications, Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, Global Law Experts and The Best Lawyers. Joyce continues to garner independently assessed accolades and recently made it to Asia Business Law Journal’s 2019 A-List of Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers and Finance Monthly’s Singapore 2019 Corporate Lawyer of the Year.

To quote from the reports on some of these publications based on independent research, “Joyce Tan has an excellent reputation”, “is a very well reputed lawyer”, “very focused”, “really knows her stuff”, “is admired for the quality and longevity of her practice”, “is recognized as one of the finest commercial IP lawyers in Singapore” and “a seasoned stalwart in the industry”.

Joyce is a transactional lawyer in corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M&A deals, private equity investments, collaborative ventures and financing transactions. She is particularly renowned for her work in TMT and intellectual property, having pioneered many cutting-edge deals of its time, including complex technical procurement and supply transactions, the use of cashless payment systems, fintech innovations and other innovative technology and telecommunications networks. She handled the first interconnect transaction in Singapore when the telecommunications industry was first lilberalised, as well as the nation-wide “CashCard” project in Singapore, and continues to assist clients with high-tech payment systems at the frontiers of regulatory frameworks.

She is also routinely involved in the acquisition, disposition, relocation, protection and exploitation of intellectual property and intangible assets and in advising on business-related and planning issues involving employment, immigration and tax.

Joyce has delivered numerous lectures, both in the local and international circuits and has developed and conducted multiple training curricula for organizations in Singapore and abroad, including government agencies, on the subject matter covered by her extensive practice.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB (Honours), National University of Singapore
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore
  • Roll of Solicitors, England & Wales (non-practising)
  • Registered Patent Agent, Singapore
  • Notary Public, Singapore
  • Commissioner for Oaths, Singapore
  • Panel Member of Dispute Resolution Service under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Principal Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • List of Neutrals of the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Member of Advisory Committee, World Intellectual Property Organization Centre, 2021-2024
  • Panel Member of Trademark Mediators Network of the International Trademark Association
  • Associate Mediator, The Law Society of Singapore
  • Arbitrator of Langfang Arbitration Commission, China
  • Member of Law Reform Committee, Singapore Academy of Law, 2006 - to-date
  • Member of Sub-Committee on Smart Contracts of Law Reform Committee of Singapore Academy of Law, 2019 - to-date
  • Member of Advisory Panel to the Commercial Law Framework in Singapore, Singapore Academy of Law, 2013
  • Member of Core Committee, Technology Law Conference Series, Singapore Academy of Law, 2014-to-date
  • Director, The World Justice Project Ltd, 2017 - todate
  • Member of Executive Committee, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2015-2018
  • Chair of Member Engagement Committee, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2015-2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2010-2013,
  • Member of Chair-Elect Nominating Committee, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2012
  • Brand Development Committee, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2010-2011
  • Member of Member Relations and Marketing Committee, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2011-2013
  • Co-chair, Asian Region, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, 2010 - 2014
  • Member of think tank on Technology Law Development Group, Singapore
  • Member of Legal Panel on Convergence Issues, Info-Communications Development Authority of Singapore
  • Member of Working Group on Electronic Commerce, Singapore
  • Member of Examinations Committee for Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, 2006
  • Singapore Country Representative, Emerging IP Rights Committee, Asian Patent Attorneys Association, 2004 - 2006
  • Executive Committee Member and Publications Chair, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 1996 – 1998
  • Vice Chair of Telecommunications Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 1999-2002
  • Webmaster and At-Large Council Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 2006-2009
  • Chair of Technology and Communications Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 2002-2004
  • Member of Free Trade Areas Subcommittee, International Trademark Association, 2006-2007
  • Member of Intellectual Property Committee, Law Society of Singapore, 1995, 1997, 1999-2014
  • Chair of Copyright and Designs Sub-Committee, Law Society of Singapore, 2002
  • Chair of Info-Media Sub-Committee, Law Society of Singapore, 2005, 2006 & 2007
  • Member of Committee on Multidisciplinary Practices, Law Society of Singapore, 1999
  • Member of Committee on Practice Structures, Law Society of Singapore, 2000
  • Professional Affiliations with / Memberships in :
    -- International Trade Mark Association
    -- Asian Patent Attorneys Association
    -- ASEAN Intellectual Property Association
    -- Inter-Pacific Bar Association
    -- International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
    -- Licensing Executives Society International
    -- International Bar Association
    -- Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys
    -- Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Lim


Daniel Lim has been listed as a leading lawyer consistently through the years in a diverse range of publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, IAM Patent 1000 and AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers.

In particular, Chambers Asia-Pacific has noted that "Daniel Lim … has a well established reputation in technology-related IP. Clients describe him as an extremely professional lawyer who "speaks well, knows the pros and cons, and always has the best solution at hand"; and is "an excellent patent litigation lawyer" according to interviewees".

The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 has listed Daniel as a Leading Individual for IT and Telecoms and has described him as "the 'smart and hardworking' Daniel Lim".

Daniel Lim's practice focuses on dispute resolution and advisory work, over a wide range of commercial and business subject matter, including in relation to contracts, M&A transactions, shareholders, directors, competition, employment, defamation, trade libel, trust, etc. and with particular strengths in intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications matters.

Daniel is a renowned patent litigation lawyer in Singapore, and remains actively engaged in this area, having represented Singapore Airlines in the patent infringement allegation by British Airways over the first-class sleeper seats.

In his handling of contentious proceedings, whether before the Appellate Court, High Court or State Courts in Singapore or in arbitration proceedings, Daniel deploys his procedural mastery and breadth of experience in the best interests of his clients, and has yielded many successful outcomes. As illustration, these have involved highly technical matters from clean water technology in wafer fabrication, process for splicing reinforced concrete steel bars, automatic molding to encapsulate electronic parts, surface coating on airplane engines, to the geophysical and geotechnical aspects of an anchor design in the context of an offshore oil field.

In less technical fields, Daniel has demonstrated his deftness in navigating commercial and business disputes including those involving the use of brands, fraud, banking services, standby offtake contracts, transshipment services, and investment transactions.

Daniel is a contributing author to the books "Law Relating to Specific Contracts In Singapore" (Thomson Sweet & Maxwell); "Intellectual Property" (Lexis-Nexis Butterworth's); "International Franchising" (Kluwer Law International); and "Employment Law Review" (Law Business Research Ltd).

Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB (Honours), National University of Singapore
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore
  • Registered Patent Agent, Singapore
  • Member of Examinations Committee for Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, 2007-2022
  • Member of Intellectual Property Committee, Law Society of Singapore, 2015-to-date
  • Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 2013-2015

Jeffrey Lim


Jeffrey Lim is a TMT and IP lawyer who specialises Information Technology, data protection, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, data governance, and IT procurement and regulatory clearance.

He has worked with clients who operate in multiple industries and across multiple jurisdictions. Whether it is national infrastructural projects and initiatives, or building, enhancing or maintaining multinational compliance and enforcement programs, or managing global intellectual property asset portfolios, Jeffrey has cultivated a track record of matters which include investments into, and the design and structuring of complex and current tip-of-the-spear innovation.

The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 quotes from interviewees, “Jeffrey Lim is an experienced lawyer with in-depth and good technical and insights in the contracts he handles and advises on. He has a good business sense and is able to advise in-house counsels what will happen around the corner. This enables the in-house team to be well- prepared with their planning.”; “Jeffrey Lim stands out on PDPA matters. He is also an IT savvy Tech lawyer”; And “Jeffrey Lim with the unparalleled dedication to any work committed.”

Jeffrey is a Senior Accredited Specialist in Data & Digital Economy Law under the Singapore Academy of Law Specialist Accreditation Scheme, as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Data and Digital Economy Law. The scheme recognises the high level of proficiency of legal practitioners in their chosen practice area and provides the legal industry and general public with a reliable means of identifying and accessing legal practitioners who have proven themselves as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in a practice area.

Jeffrey has won awards by the Lexology International Law Office Client Choice Awards, Best Lawyers, in each case for fields in IP or Technology law. He has been recognized and recommended by publications such as Legal 500, World Trademark Review, Managing IP and others.

Jeffrey’s core expertise is in designing and executing legal solutions, advice and strategies in all matters relating to technology whether this in respect of commercial or litigious matters, and whether this is in the fields of digital technology (such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, fintech, industry 4.0. mobile solutions, e-commerce), in telecommunications, media, healthcare, life sciences, human biomedical research governance, or in research & development.

Jeffrey spent some years as in-house counsel at a global multinational technology company, an experience he credits as giving him front-line business experience and a greater appreciation and practice of commercial acumen, and the vital importance of priorities and business realities.

Jeffrey is an active leader in communities of practice, and has written extensively including in the areas of data protection:

  • “Did Singapore Solve Copyright Issues in the Training of AI models?”, Aug 2023
  • “Black Cates & Generative A.I. – How LLMs are looked at from a Copyright perspective”, Oct 2023
  • SCS-IMDA AI Ethics Body of Knowledge, v1.0 (contributor), v 1.1 (reviewer)
  • “When Data Transfer Borders Tighten: What can data trusts bring to the Table?”, Personal Data Protection Digest 2022 published by PDPC;
  • “Fostering Data Sharing and Innovation Whilst Maintaining Legal Safeguards”, Personal Data Protection Digest 2021 published by PDPC;
  • “Implementing Data Breach Programmes: Understanding Nuances in Practice and the Personal Data Protection Act”, Personal Data Protection Digest 2020 published by PDPC;
  • “Artificial Intelligence & the Personal Data Protection Act” Personal Data Protection Digest 2019 published by PDPC;
  • “Data Sharing: When Consent is Not Enough”, Personal Data Protection Digest 2018 published by PDPC; and
  • “Data Analytics: Considerations when Repurposing Transactional Personal Data” Personal Data Protection Digest 2017 published by PDPC;

Each published by the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission.

He has also authored and led feedback given to both public and private consultations by regulatory authorities on legal reform and development.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • Senior Accredited Specialist in Data & Digital Economy Law - Singapore Academy of Law
  • CAIEG (Certificate of AI Ethics & Governance), NTU
  • LLB (Honours), University of Bristol
  • Barrister-at-law, England & Wales (Gray’s Inn) (non-practising)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore
  • Member of Singapore Academy of Law IT Roadmap Working Group
  • Vice-Chair, Singapore Law Society Cybersecurity & Data Protection Committee 2023, (Vice-Chair, 2016-2019, Co-chair 2020, Chair 2021-22)
  • Member, Singapore Law Society IT Committee
  • Member of Law Legal Technology Cluster Committee and the Innovation Advisory Board, Singapore Academy of Law, 2016-present
  • Honorary Legal Advisor for Singapore Computer Society
  • Member of the accreditation panel of the Accreditation Committee, Singapore Institute of Legal Education

Melvyn Loey

Director, Trade Marks

E: melvyn@joylaw.com
DID: +65 6871 1062

Melvyn Loey's practice is dominated by a strong intellectual property focus, with responsibility for a substantial volume of trade mark prosecution work, on which he provides advice in relation to and implements effective end-to-end filing and prosecution strategies in trade mark portfolios straddling countries across the globe.

Melvyn’s involvement in intellectual property preceded his association with the firm, having previously been a senior executive dealing with Legal Policy and International Affairs in the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, where he was involved in administering the Copyright Act of Singapore with the mission of calibrating it within the realities and challenges of the digital age. He was also involved in work leading to changes in the jurisdiction of the Copyright Tribunal in Singapore.

Melvyn has also acted as Singapore-based in-house counsel to a multi-national corporation that leverages intellectual property and technology as part of its business strategy, as well as a global bank with operations at the frontiers of the technogical revolution in the financial services industry. In his role as in-house counsel to the multi-national corporation, Melvyn also assumed responsibility for the management of its sizeable international trade mark portfolio, including the running of invalidation proceedings in collaboration with foreign counsel.

In his former private practice, Melvyn worked on a wide range of corporate transactions, including framework agreements for the development and distribution of components, joint development agreements and loan documentation. These have added to the strong commercial and business realism with which Melvyn leads the charge in his handling of intellectual property and trade mark matters for clients.


  • Juris Doctor, Singapore Management University
  • BBA, Singapore Management University
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Lakshmanan Anbarazan

Legal Associate

Lakshmanan’s practice involves a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work in the corporate and commercial sphere with a particular focus on IP and TMT. His background in engineering gives him an edge when navigating technical matters and allows him to deliver bespoke and precise advice according to his clients’ needs.

Lakshmanan has litigation experience in commercial fraud, contracts, shareholder disputes, employment and defamation. He has also assisted in advising clients on regulatory matters, drafting service agreements and conducting internal investigations.

Outside of the law, Lakshmanan enjoys travelling and calisthenics.


• LLB (Honours), University of Bristol
• Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Stephanie Goh

Legal Associate

Stephanie’s key area of practice is in corporate law with a particular focus on IP, TMT, IT and data protection.

She has been involved in and assisted with various corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, including franchise licensing and contract negotiations, advisory work on telecommunications license applications, privacy and data protection compliance and general corporate matters, as well as drafting and review of transactional documents.

In particular, she is interested in matters at the intersection between law and technology, and has worked on among other things, drafting master services agreements for software procurement services, cloud computing services and other IT services, incorporating agile methodology commonly used in software development and tailoring those agreements to address clients’ business objectives.

Outside of law, Stephanie is interested in art and paints in her free time.

• LLB (Honours), Singapore Management University
• Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Genevi Lim

Legal Associate

Genevi’s practice involves TMT and IP work in the corporate and commercial sphere. She has experience assisting with trade mark filing and prosecution strategies, as well as licensing and franchise agreements.

Genevi has a keen interest in artificial intelligence and data protection and has experience in matters relating to data governance, privacy and data protection.

In her free time, Genevi enjoys playing soccer, dancing and hiking.

• LLB (Honours), Singapore Management University
• Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Andre Duncan Chissel

Senior Patent Principal

André qualified with a degree in Chemistry (with Honours) from the University of Southampton in the UK, before going on to obtain a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and electrochemistry at the University of Durham. From there he worked for several years as a research chemist for Courtaulds in the UK, before going on to complete the Masters and the Certificate post-graduate qualifications in IP law from London (Queen Mary and Westfield College) University. He has since worked for a number of IP Law firms in the UK, qualifying as a European Design Attorney, before moving to New Zealand. Here, he continued working in the field of IP, before moving to Australia, eventually qualifying as both an Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark Attorney. He has subsequently worked as an in-house Patent Attorney for a company in Texas, before moving to Singapore, where he has spent the last decade working in-house as a Patent Attorney for another long-standing IP law firm. His responsibilities at Joyce A Tan & Partners include patent drafting and prosecution in Singapore and overseas and expanding the patent practice. Over the years, he has written and had published a number of articles related to IP law.

Outside of IP, he has an interest in military history, and has written several books, one of which has been published, which tells the story of a convoy that his father was involved in during the Second World War. In keeping with this interest, he also holds, a modest military medal collection and when time permits, researches the medal recipient and the conflict that they were involved in.


• B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Southampton UK
• Ph.D Chemistry, University of Durham UK
• M.Sc Intellectual Property Law, University of London (QMW) UK
• Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, University of London (QMW) UK
• Qualified European Design Attorney
• Qualified Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark Attorney

Sandra Ng

Patent Manager

Sandra Ng oversees the overall production line of the sizeable patent prosecution portfolio undertaken by the practice. Sandra has been instrumental in enhancing and optimizing the support infrastructure deployed in this practice area, leveraging intelligent automation along with a robust capability to streamline processes in the handling of voluminous matters, while maintaining flexibility to cater to the unique requirements of individual clients.

Sandra comes with extensive experience in intellectual property that dates back to 1995, particularly in patent prosecution and operation, having worked through the ranks to the management group of one of Singapore's largest patent prosecution firms. There, she had managed a team of 40 dedicated patent personnel and 12,000 patent applications, involving diverse fields of technology including biopharmaceutical, biochemistry, chemistry, semiconductors, etc. in multiple jurisdictions.

As an active proponent of knowledge and data management, Sandra has dedicated herself to the development of internal systems to manage a large client base, with needs across multiple jurisdictions, multiple inventions and recurrent transactions. Her palpable team spirit sees her deftly collaborating with and playing to the strengths of her colleagues involved in patent work, whether in relation to back-office efficiencies, deadline policing, client practices and requirements or substantive advice or actions on the patent matters.


We are always on the look-out for talent. We welcome commercially-minded lawyers and patent attorneys who possess dedication, responsibility and strong organizational skills as innate qualities, but who are also passionate and enjoy working as part of a team.

As a law practice, we value professionalism and integrity. Alongside academic accomplishments, a well-rounded personality is what we seek. We believe in a balanced life-style that encourages one to pursue his/her passions within and outside legal practice.

If you possess these qualities and are interested in joining us, please send us your professional resume to all@joylaw.com and tell us about yourself as a person.

Practice Training Contracts

We strongly believe in cultivating the professional development of our practice trainees and provide a supportive environment for practice trainees to learn and yet contribute meaningfully. The practice training contract is seen with a long term view and training is consequently provided on this basis, with individual attention on holistic lawyer-mentoring. The deserving candidate can look forward to a fulfilling programme with good post-qualification hiring prospects.

Each practice trainee will be given the opportunity for direct involvement in current matters under close supervision of the supervising solicitor and exposure to:-
- Case and Transaction Management
- Client Care and Management
- Preparation of Legal Opinions, Agreements, Court Documents, Correspondence
- Legal Research and Due Diligence
- Contract and Settlement Negotiations
- Business Meetings
- Court Attendances and Dispute Resolution Proceedings

Practice Areas Include
- Corporate & Commercial
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Technology Media and Telecommunications (TMT)
- Employment & Immigration
- Probate & Estate Administration

Practice Trainee Benefits
- Honorarium of S$1,500.00 per month during subsistence of practice training contract
- Full reimbursement of Part B Bar Course and Examination fees and stamp fees for court papers on trainee’s admission to the Bar, if post-qualification position as associate with the Firm is offered and served for at least 12 months
- Access to the Firm’s practice tools and precedents
- Strong culture of learning and training, premised on value system of excellence


Interested candidates may send in detailed Curriculum Vitae (together with “O” and “A” level certificates and transcripts of university results) by email to all@joylaw.com.



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